Stroke Recovery Exercises

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In the first week of our four-week programme on stroke recovery exercise, we focus on strength. Find out more about the exercise programme and how you can take part.

Last year, we launched the Stroke-Specific Exercise Video Programme in partnership with the charity A Stroke of Luck. The programme focused on three different mobility groups. It was such a success, that we decided to make a four-week programme to help with your ongoing stroke recovery.

Watch the introductory videos

If you are new to the programme, don't worry. First you will need to watch the introductory video below, it will help you choose the right mobility group for you.

If you are a carer, watch the Advice and exercises for carers video to learn how you can best support someone doing the exercises, and how you can look after yourself as well. This is important if the person you are supporting is in the red or amber groups.

Introductory video

Advice and exercises for carers

Choose a mobility group

Red group


  • Have limited mobility.
  • Sit in a supported wheelchair/armchair.
  • Use a hoist or rota stand for transfer.
  • Require assistance from a carer to support movement and exercise.
  • Fatigue very quickly.

Amber group


  • Can sit without support.
  • Can move but may need to be supported on their weaker side.
  • Can grip an object.
  • Can walk with assistance and/or walking aid.
  • Need to hold bannisters when going up and downstairs.
  • Can exercise independently but may require support from a piece of furniture.
  • May need assistance when fatigued.

Green group


  • Are independently mobile.
  • Can grip an object.
  • Do not need a walking aid.
  • Can walk as a form of exercise.
  • Can go up and down stairs unaided.
  • Can get on the floor and back up unaided.
  • Have a good range of motion.
  • Can complete an exercise programme independently.

Getting started

Now you have chosen the mobility group that best suits you, you can get started.

Each week will have a theme that applies to all three groups, each video includes a warm-up and three exercises, these are specific to each group. In the first week of our four-week programme on stroke recovery exercise, we focus on strength.

*Each video is led by a qualified physiotherapist and includes written coaching notes to emphasise points to work on. These videos are intended to support the rehabilitation needs of stroke survivors but may not be suitable for everyone. Before using these videos, please discuss their suitability with your doctor or stroke health professional.

Starting an exercise routine

Speak to your doctor, nurse or physical therapist before attempting any exercise, especially if you have limited mobility.

Start slow

It's important that you start slowly when engaging in regular exercise, find a pace that is comfortable for you and don't overdo it.

Make it into a routine

Incorporate your exercises into your daily routine, try to do your exercises at the same time everyday.

Try to stick with it

It can take a while to make exercise a habit rather than a chore, try to track your progress every week to help keep you motivated.

Expect to have a few setbacks

It's completely natural to have a few set backs, there will be times when you don't want to do your exercises or will feel too tired. Take a break if need be and start up again and gain momentum when you are up to it. Get support from your carer, family, friends and loved ones.

Staying safe

  • Stop if you are experiencing any kind of pain.
  • Give yourself time for breaks and keep yourself hydrated.
  • Warm up, stretch and cool down.
  • Wear appropriate clothing.
  • Ask your carer, friend or family member for help.

Support

Join the conversation - our online community forum is also a great place to connect with others and share your stroke experience and talk about your recovery.

We hope you have enjoy the programme, if you have any comments or feedback please leave a comment on our YouTube channel or write to us at mystrokeguide@stroke.org.uk.